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I really like this idea...

Posted by Chad on March 2, 2012 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I have so many places I go to find my uplifting research in regards to health and mobility, sometimes I forget to check in on certain folks.  Frank at Exuberant Animal I haven't read in a couple months or so.  Below he has a written of a GREAT concept of how to take your health and make it your own!

"Even more fascinating, we can also say that health itself is a muscle. That is, we become healthier by actually exercising our health. We become healthier by practicing our exuberance in the world, by actively engaging with our bodies, our people, our work and our habitats. This will come as a surprise to many, of course. Modern medical culture encourages passivity; health and disease are simply things that happen to us. If we’re lucky, we remain healthy in life, but if not, the doctors will patch us up. But when we view health as a muscle, it becomes something done by us, an active practice and a doing."

Health is something DONE BY US!  We make our choices, and in the future we have our consequences, right?  In everything we do.  Viewing health as a MUSCLE, means we must exercise that muscle, make it stronger and more resilient, right?  These person, and people like him, will likely never develop hypertension or diabetes...I wondery why??

Make health your own, not someone else's IDEA of what it should be.


archived from an old blog...

Posted by Chad on February 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I have had some recent dealings with folks and their anziety and maybe depression, so I thought I would send this interview out again.  Just inc ase it wasn't clear the first time!  Almost three years ago!

Below is an interview of Frank Forencich of Exuberant Animal. The interview was done by Chris at Conditioning Research.


Chris--Modern society seems to be sad! I keep hearing of friends or family members who are depressed or suffering anxiety attacks. How much of this stress and dissatisfaction do you think comes from our “modern” lifestyles?

Frank--"Depression is epidemic. The World Health Organization forecasts that, by 2020, “depression will be second only to heart disease in terms of disability or disease burden.”

To me, this is even more shocking than our epidemics of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. This is a disease state that’s psychospiritual as well as physical. There are many explanations, but I like the work of Kelly Lambert. She’s a neuroscientist who’s traced reward centers in the brain. She’s discovered a strong association between areas that coordinate movement and those that deliver a sense of satisfaction. I call this “the ancestral reward system.”

We move vigorously in search of a goal, usually food, and then we feel a sense of satisfaction for having done so. In contrast, modern society offers us only abstract striving (with computers) and even many of our rewards are non-physical and intangible. Consequently, we experience a sort of neurological black hole of non-reward. A huge percentage of our circuitry goes unused and dormant. I believe that an enormous amount of depression stems from inactivity. The human body thrives on action."

Chris--What can we do about it?

Frank--"This puts our physical training in a new light.

As trainers and educators, we are doing a lot more than building muscle, cardio or skill. We’re actually pumping up the reward circuitry in our brains and delivering a sense of satisfaction and resilience.

Movement is thus highly protective against depression. Sooner or later, people are going to figure this out. The way to counter the epidemic of depression is to get people moving again. Any movement is good, but locomotion is probably the best place to begin. Long walks, or running if people can manage it, are ideal.

Mimic the experience of travelling the grassland and you’ll get a good outcome."


Welcome to Exuberant Animal.  Check out Frank Forencich and his animalistic ways of moving about.

Be mobile.  In the end, that's what it's all about.  We can get into which movements are good for certain folks, but as always, find what you like to do, and do it!  GO!

things happen...

Posted by Chad on February 10, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (5)

 Recently, an epedimic of sorts has come about.  Folks with bad backs, bad ankles, bad attitudes and tempers, bad plateaus, and a bad diagnosis.  This is for you...


Today is your day.

You're off to Great Places!

You're off and away!


You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.

You're on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.

About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."

With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,

you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any

you'll want to go down.

In that case, of course,

you'll head straight out of town.


And when things start to happen,

don't worry. Don't stew.

Just go right along.

You'll start happening too.


You'll be on your way up!

You'll be seeing great sights!

You'll join the high fliers

who soar to high heights.


You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.

You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.

Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.

Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don' t

Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so

but, sadly, it's true

and Hang-ups

can happen to you.


You can get all hung up

in a prickle-ly perch.

And your gang will fly on.

You'll be left in a Lurch.


You'll come down from the Lurch

with an unpleasant bump.

And the chances are, then,

that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,

you're not in for much fun.

Un-slumping yourself

is not easily done.


You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.

Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.

A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin!

Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?

How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...

or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?

Or go around back and sneak in from behind?

Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,

for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused

that you'll start in to race

down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace

and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,

headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.



That's not for you!


Somehow you'll escape

all that waiting and staying.

You'll find the bright places

where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,

once more you'll ride high!

Ready for anything under the sky.


Except when they don't.

Because, sometimes, they won't.


I'm afraid that some times

you'll play lonely games too.

Games you can't win

'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!

Whether you like it or not,

Alone will be something

you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance

you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.

But on you will go

though the weather be foul

On you will go

though your enemies prowl

On and on you will hike

and I know you'll hike far

and face up to your problems

whatever they are.


You'll get mixed up, of course,

as you already know.

You'll get mixed up

with many strange birds as you go.

So be sure when you step.

Step with care and great tact

and remember that Life's

a Great Balancing Act.



be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray

or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,

you're off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So...get on your way!"

Oh, The Places You Will Go by Dr. Suess.

Now, tackle your challenges head on.  Don't give up the fight until there is no fight left.  Remember, every day, that you are someone's best hope...

a paradigm shift, it has to happen

Posted by Chad on February 8, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

"An important distinction has to be taken to heart. Health is not fitness, and fitness is not health.

In biology and anthropology, fitness bears a very special meaning related to the survival of a species. Fitness means reproductive fitness. For a species to survive, it must gain survival skills and then pass those skills on to its offspring. The genetic basis of our human fitness remains 99.7% just the same way it was 100,000 years ago. Key to successful fitness is the same today as it was long ago in ancestral times: nutrient dense food and physical activity. Both signal our genes to sequence or produce healthy, life bestowing proteins. Inactivity creates and  sends signals to the same genes resulting in unhealthy metabolic results. In other words, fitness amounts to living in respectful compliance with our genetic make up. Your life depends on living the life you were given!"

Written by Ken O'Neill

"Health is not fitness. Health is a medical term meaning absence of detectable disease. The key word is detectable. Early and acute degeneration is not tested for, hence not detected. Fitness prevents degeneration. Where “normal” health is a plus in medicine, it amounts to abnormal unfitness for Physical Culture  2.0. Evolutionary exercise physiologists recognize throughout our long history, our condition of fitness made us look like athletes. The pre-steroid era bodybuilders, power lifters, track and field athletes bear the look of a fit human being. The trouble with our modern standard is that what it regards as normal today is genetically abnormal and the basis of disease for humans: normal is abnormal. To gain a sense of what normal and fit meant to our ancestors, Greek art depicts their normal men and women looking like what we’d think of as fitness models and athletes today!"

Ken has added to the shift. 

Fitness is the ability to do a task.  Which task?  It's different for everyone.  Keep that in mind when you tell yourself "I want to be more fit."  Fit for what?  If you want to read what "fit" was, read this.  A book called "Manthropology"  that details what we as humans USED to be capable of!

Ken is intelligent, and always brings an interesting dynamic to the covnersation about strength and conditioning.  Read on!  More importantly though, keep moving!


pain relief and symmetry

Posted by Chad on February 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

It bears mentioning that since the last weekend in January, I have had 100% success with the use of Total Motion Release with my clients with injuries or quirky issues.  Turf toe, knee tightness, lower back pain, ankle twists, stroke patients, etc.

Total Motion Release has proven to be as beneficial a rendering of knkowledge as any I have learned in my 15 years as a conditioning and mobility specialist.  It helps even those who have no pain or issues to achieve a better workout by making sure their neurons are firing on all cylinders!

If you want more info, click on the link above to learn more!

Next on the list...Associative Awareness technique!

Relief of pain is a must in today's world, and movement is a key to achieving pain relief!


maybe not??

Posted by Chad on January 27, 2012 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (7)

This page is taken from a book from the late 1800's.  This book I have referenced before:

So, would the movements above be listed as "contraindicated" these days?  Would you see them in the gym?  I doubt it.  But why?  If you are capable of doing these movements without pain, why not go for it?  Now,notice I didn't say to do them constantly, or with heavy weight...but do the movement if it feels good!

Movement.  Mobility.  Now we are getting somewhere.



Posted by Chad on January 13, 2012 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

These are the folks I will be training with for some years to come.  They are professional, knowledgable, courteous, and most of all have the client's best interest at heart.  The facility is clean, warm and inviting (except for the hard work you have to do!!), and safe.

Come by to see us sometime.  I promise, you will not be disappointed.

what did you take away from 2011?

Posted by Chad on January 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Question--What did you take away from 2011?  What did you learn about yourself?

Take a moment to answer that.  Write it down.  Then over the course of this weekend, ask what can I do to improve one aspect of my life?  Being a parent, spouse, son, daughter, friend, employee...

Take that one aspect, and look closely to see how does your health and fitness come into play here???  If your strength, stamina, mindful conditioning, were improved, could that help your one aspect of your life you want to improve?  I would think so.  Do you want to be the one looked after, or do you want to have the strength and ability to look after others?  How do your nutritional choices, your "playtime" or workouts reflect that ability?

I know I have lots of learning to do, and always will.  I am already booked for two seminars to help my understanding of the human body, pain relief, overall health, and I can't wait to learn more to pass along to anyone who needs it!

Take some time to figure our where you are starting from, or else you will not know where you need, or want, to GO!

vitamin D...the doc is in.

Posted by Chad on December 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (5)

Below is an excerpt from a leading vitamin D researcher Dr. Richard Haney interviewed by Dr. Chris  Mohr.  Anyone wanting to read the truth about vitamin D, here it is...

"Dr. Chris: Alright, great. So let’s get right into it. First of all, vitamin D, we keep hearing a lot about that it’s an epidemic, a worldwide deficiency and just in your practice as a researcher and a scientist what have you seen with your research subjects in terms of rates of deficiency?

Dr. Heaney: Well, most of the adults that we work with are vitamin D deficient, at least by my standards, and although I don’t personally work with children or young people, it’s worth noting that an article in the Journal of Pediatrics just about a year ago found that between 60 and 98 percent of teenage girls, for example, both black, Hispanic, and white, were vitamin D deficient. So between 60 and 98 percent. That would be consistent with what we seem to see in adults as well. Probably pushing toward the high end of that. But, of course, if you define vitamin D adequacy by a very low 25-hydroxy D level, then fewer people are g oing to show up as deficient by that criteria.

Dr. Chris: Right. Great point. And for those who don’t know, you’re located in Nebraska, so you’re pretty far north.

Dr. Heaney: Yes, we’re at 41 degrees north latitude. Just about halfway between the Canadian border and the gulf. So it’s not that far north, but we don’t get useful sun exposure for about six months of the year.

Dr. Chris: And that actually brings me – I actually saw you present one time at a conference – and it brings me to my next point. One thing that was mentioned was that if you’re north of Atlanta you wouldn’t be able to make sufficient vitamin D from the sun. If you could just clarify that a little bit, that would be great. If I’m on the mark with that or what.

Dr. Heaney: Well, it’s useful to bear in mind that the human organism evolved in equatorial east Africa wearing no clothing. We got sun exposure, tropical sun exposure, 365 days a year for all practical purposes over our whole body. And we don’t begin to approach that now. In the summer here at Omaha at 41 degr ees north, about the same as Boston as a matter of fact, we can make vitamin D. We can make substantial quantities, but it doesn’t last us through the year. By the time we get to February, even outdoor summer workers are now down to a level that I would consider deficient. So anybody living north of Atlanta certainly, even though they may get out in the sun substantially in the summer, really needs year round vitamin D supplementation. Now from Atlanta or Dallas, farther south, if you’re outdoors a lot then you may not need much vitamin D. But actually studies of middle aged and older women, particularly those with osteoporosis, have shown that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is low in any part of the country. Florida, Arizona, Texas, you name it. And that’s largely because the women concerned actually don’t spend much time outdoors. And when that’s the case, of course, it doesn’t make any difference at which latitude you may live, you need to get the ultraviolet rays in order to make the vitamin D. And if you’re not getting them, then you may as well live in Alaska as far as that’s concerned.

Dr. Chris: Great point. And that makes me think of something else... for people who do spend time outdoors, which unfortunately are not many, if people are putting sun block on or suntan lotion, does that affect vitamin D? Or are you still able to make it even with suntan lotion.

Dr. Heaney: Sunblock, to the extent that it’s applied according to the manufacturer’s directions, sunblock blocks vitamin D synthesis entirely. Just as it blocks the damage that those same UV rays might be producing in the skin.

Dr. Heaney: So you can’t really have it both ways. But it’s important to understand that sunblock came into widespread use just in the past 25 years. If the absence of sunblock had b een so deleterious to us, the human race might have died out thousands of years ago. But it didn’t. I mean my parents, my grandparents, your grandparents surely got a lot of sun exposure unprotected and I don’t know whether any of them died of skin cancer, but I can tell you I have no relatives that did. So I think the principal problem with excessive sun exposure is drying and wrinkling and other cosmetic problems. Now yes, you can get squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma and I don’t think those are anything to be laughed at but they’re not as serious and life threatening as many of the problem diseases caused by vitamin D deficiency might be.

Dr. Chris: So would you recommend then people either not wear suntan lotion or at least get a little sun exposure on a daily basis without it?

Dr. Heaney: Well the good news is that much of the vitamin D we make in our skin is probably made in the first few minutes after sun exposure. The timing on this is still uncertain so I can’t put a precise time number in terms of how many minutes. But let’s just say for the sake of argument that if you’re going to be out in the sun, stay out there for 15 minutes and then put your sunblock on. That would probably protect you just as well from most of the damage that might be produced by ultraviolet, but at the same time it will allow you to get some and maybe much of the vitamin D you would otherwise have gotten. You see, the longer you’re out in the sun without sunblock protection, what the UV radiation does is not only make vitamin D in the skin, but it also degrades it before it can leave the skin. So you reach a point where there’s kind of a diminishing return there. And that’s why the first few minutes are probably where you’re going to get the best benefit with the least damage."

So, use sunscreen, but only after you've gotten used to the sun over time, over the course of several weeks.  DO NOT let yourself get burned, soak up the rays so that your BODY can make vitamin D!

Vitamin D3 is best absorbed by the body, mostly in gelcap form.  Use it, especially this winter...

Dr. Davis of "Wheat Belly" fame also recommends vitamin D moreso than that of RDA recommendations.

It's where we come from as humans...get some supplements of Vitamin D.  Please.



a reprieve, or allowance if you will

Posted by Chad on December 13, 2011 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

So, the sweet tooth.  It does really exist.  Not long ago, in our evolutionary model, we as humans had a sweet tooth when fruit was in season.  What's more, we ate more of it toward the end of its growing season.  The reason being to "fatten" up for the winter.


Unfortunately, some thingshave changed.  One, our sweet tooth is quenched by eating candy, pies, cakes, and other sugar filled cane-filled goodie.  Two, the timing has shifted.  Now, is it because of the commercialism of Christmas, or something else such as the worldwide shipping of food, I don't know.  However, it remains that the sweet tooth fix isn't quenched at the end of the growing season, but rather at the beginning of winter!!  Talk about throwing off circadian rythyms!!

Well, here is my allowance to you, and if you've been very good, you'll like it!


  • If you have been great this past year with your ancestral nutrition habits, give yourself 5 pounds you can gain over the next 4 weeks!
  • If you have been about 70% accurate, give yourself an allowance of 3 pounds.
  • If you have not been very accurate at all, give yourself ONE pound to gain.


There!  Go have your sugar and carb fix!!  Remember, it's like crack cocaine, so once you have it, it will be hell trying to knock the habit out come January.  Remember this grading system come next December.  If you are good throughout the year, give yourself some leeway...your ancestors did!!